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St. Clair County Plane Crash Update

KIMBALL TOWNSHIP, MI – A small plane went down Wednesday afternoon, December 24th, 2014, in Kimball Township, killing the pilot who was the only person on board.Lawrence Zavitz

What is known at this time is a Twin Piper Seneca plane was inbound to the St. Clair County International Airport shortly after 1:30 this afternoon.

Authorities say the plane was registered to 52-year-old Lawrence L. Zavitz of Watford, Ontario,  who kept a plane at the airport in Kimball Township, was using the Instrument Landing System through Selfridge Air National Guard Base. Zavitz was advised he had missed his approach. His plane then dropped off radar.

A person from the airport contacted St. Clair County Central Dispatch, who broadcast a Be on the Lookout for the plane. Law Enforcement Officers and members of the Kimball Township Fire Department began searching the area.

On board every plane, there is an Emergency Locator Transmitter. Members of the fire department retrieved a transmitter receiver from the airport and continued their search.

About 5:30 this afternoon, fire department members began receiving a stronger signal coming from the plane. Shortly after, the plane was located in a field and wooded area behind a residence in the 500 block of Allen Road.

Lawrence Zavitz , who was the lone occupant of the plane, was dead at the scene.

Members of the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police and Tri-Hospital EMS are currently also on location. The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified and will begin it’s investigation in the morning.

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